Saturday, August 12, 2017

11 Easy Art Plans Based on Children's Books

When I sub in art, I enjoy teaching lessons that are tied into children's literature. The instant tie into quality books helps capture the students' attention, which is crucial to teaching in a short term assignment.  

Here are some lessons that use children's literature. You may click on the image to go to the lesson.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Lesson by Miss Young's Art Room

The Gingerbread Man
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes
Lesson by Sharpy Woman


The Pesky Rat, by Lauren Child
Lesson by Fairy Dust Teaching


Ish, by Peter A. Reynolds
Lesson by Art Project Girl


The BFG, by Roald Dahl
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons


Magic Trash - A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art
Lesson by The Old Paintbrush


A World of Your Own, by Laura Carlin
Lesson by Art Is Basic


Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons


The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons



The Night I Followed the Dog, by Nina Laden
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons

Magic Trash

There is a nice art sub lesson plan over at "The Old Paintbrush." It is used with the book, Magic Trash; The Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art, written by J.H. Shapiro. Nicole has included the full plan of what she gives her subs.  Enjoy!





Friday, August 4, 2017

Rainbow Fish

Here's a complete sub lesson from Miss Young.  All the directions for the sub are right here: Miss Young's Art Room.  Thanks, Ms. Young!!!!!!!!




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7 Easy Elementary Art Lessons About Monsters


monsters art lessons elementary

Here are 7 easy elementary art lessons about monsters (plus a bonus one!) 
These would be great around Halloween time or to use with those units on monsters.

(Click on the images to see the blog posts.)


"There Be Monsters" is a lesson about sea monsters as they were drawn on  ancient maps.  
Students observe the old maps and monsters and create their own.


"Clown and Poodle" originally wrote about this lesson. It is based 
on the old song, "The Purple People Eater."
Ms. Pearce's Art Room has this lesson called "Circle Monsters." Kids love
tracing shapes. Here they can create original monsters just by starting with tracing circles.


This "Name Alien" lesson is by We Heart Art.  
This lesson ends up far from where it begins!

This sweet kindergarten lesson is by Artisan des Arts. 

"Her Dabbles" came up with this lesson called Silly Monsters. 

This Scribble Monster lesson came from "Art  with Ms. B"
And here's a bonus monster activity.  Not a lesson.  
"Create a Silly Monster" is a worksheet for early finishers.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Art Lesson Plan - There Be Monsters

Here is a fun lesson for your upper elementary students.  It ties in with map making in a creative and open ended way.


It was written with an art sub in mind, but can be taught by classroom teachers and art teachers as well.  This would be great to keep in a sub tub or save for an emergency absence.

There are 21 slides that include many from maps from the age of Columbus.  There are lots of strange  sea monsters on these maps!  The students will talk about what they see in the slides and then create a map with their own unique sea monsters.

You can find this lesson in my Teachers Pay Teachers store:  Art Sub Lessons.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Back to School - Kindergarten and Preschool Art Lesson Plan

This is an easy to teach lesson that I have taught to kindergarteners and preschoolers as a back to school lesson. I usually cut 12" x 18" into simple school bus shapes. After showing the students photos of many familiar and crazy looking buses, I let them design their own. We also watched lots of videos about buses and sang "The Wheels on the Bus."


If you would like to buy a PowerPoint of this lesson all ready to be used, you can buy it here, at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop. Here's a comment left by someone who purchased the lesson: Everything included that is needed to do this lesson which makes it so nice. I've added this to my sub-tub on a flashdrive due to the completeness of the product. I really appreciate the attention to details for this product.

Art Sub Plan - Silly Sandwich

This lesson idea has been around a while and it is still as good as ever. Kids love "silly" and fun anything and this is no exception.  You can load anything you want on a silly sandwich. Food, toys, the kitchen sink. Its all good. 

If you have time, cutting 18" x 24" paper into 9" x 12" makes for a fun size.  This size really exaggerates how silly and big this sandwich is.

If you want to save yourself some time, I have this lesson fully formed in a PowerPoint  in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  There are photos of real silly sandwiches and student samples. 

It works great as a lesson to leave with your substitute teachers. All your sub needs to do is to read the script and follow the directions. Classroom teachers and art teachers can teach it too, but subs love this one. The kids stay engaged doing it.


Oh! And I added a word find puzzle about sandwiches for those early finishers.  
You can check it out here:  Art Sub Lesson - Silly Sandwich

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

5 Back to School Art Lessons For Subs, Classroom Teachers or Art Teachers

Back to school time must be the hardest time to think up art Sub lessons. Here Are 5 Art lessons that are easy enough for art subs and classroom teachers but can be used by art teachers as well.
Lines, Lines and More Lines by Jan Johnson at Art Sub Lessons

Emoji Design by Jana DeSimone at Room 9 Art

Minions by Miriam at Arte a Scuola
Dot Day by Ms. O'Hanley at Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher
Collaborative Creatures by Katie Weymouth at Briargrove Elementary Art Page




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Back to School Art Sub Plan - Minions

Your art sub would adore you if you came up with a plan where your students create self portrait minions! The kids would love it too....which is why your sub would love you. Your students would be so engaged. Here is the blog post from Arteascuola about this lesson, including a free template. This would be a fun back to school lesson, especially if you had them create minions that were representative of themselves.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Back to School Art Sub Plan - Collaborative Creatures

This open ended, creative lesson can double as an art sub plan and a back to school lesson. Katie Weymouth has posted it over on her blog, Briargrove Elementary Art Page. 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Back to School Art Sub Plans - Dot Day

These lessons could be used as art sub plans any time of year.  However, since Dot Day is so close to the beginning of school, this would be a fun holiday to let a sub tie into.

Here are Dot Day lessons from Ms. O'Hanley.  Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher

art sub plan, art sub lesson, Dot Day

Friday, July 7, 2017

Art Sub Plan for Back to School - Emoji

Kids would love to do this if they had a sub in art.  You could print out samples of emoji and have the students create new ones.  This plan could easily be adapted to crayon.  Check this idea out over at:  Room (: Art!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Decorated Shoe - Finish with Art Sub

Here's something you could adapt for your art sub.  I often see good ideas on the Deviant Art site.  (Just wish it wasn't titled "deviant"!)  Anyway, here is a nice shoe drawing idea.  It's always nice to take that contour shoe drawing just a little bit further!  You could have them draw the shoe with you and decorate it with your sub.

art sub - shoe decorations
You can find this image here:   by animeloversam13

Friday, June 30, 2017

Doodles for Art Sub - Art Lesson Plan

Here is an art lesson plan that a sub could lead.  It's a doodle sort of lesson.  Check it out at CurkovicArtUnits.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Early Finishers Worksheet - Silly Monkey

Mini Art Project - Early Finishers Worksheet Whew! This time of year you definitely have to keep those kiddies on their toes. You need to occupy their every minute. Here is a fun worksheet you can give them that is engaging and creative. It is a great way to have them fill in those moments when they need activity. There is a lightly drawn outline of a monkey and boxes of possible details. The student will choose their own details and add whatever they like. They then may draw a background and color in. Your kids will love this! You will too.


Monday, May 15, 2017

End of Year Mini Art Project - Create a Silly Troll

What a great way to fill those empty minutes at the end of the year.  Here's a Early Finishers Worksheet that your kids will love.  "Create a Silly Troll."  A lightly drawn troll shape is given along with sample details the students can use to decorate it. It is one of those "no fail" activities in which every student will find success.

You can find it here at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop: Early Finishers Worksheet - Create a Silly Troll


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Easy Art Plans for Subs

Here is a free art sub PowerPoint plan for you at my  Teachers Pay Teachers shop: Art Sub Lessons.  This lesson is one I use with kindergarten.  We do lots of moving around making the shapes of lines as we look at the slides. TeachersPayTeachers requests that you make your free PowerPoints smaller than your "for pay" ones, but this is still full of good images and information for your students and subs.





Here are a couple of "easy sub lessons" from Dali's Moustache.  One is a third grade lesson about Jackson Pollack's action paintings.  The other is a fourth grade lesson called "crayon fireworks."


Another easy way to prepare for an art sub is to go to my shop, Art Sub Plans. I have created complete lessons in which all your sub has to do is read the slides and follow the directions.  They are full of visuals and are created to be used with the most simple supplies.  Pencils, paper and crayons are all your students will need to create imaginative works of art.

These are perfect for those emergency absences when you do not have the time to write detailed plans but want to leave quality plans for your subs.